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Success! Saroeun from Cambodia raised $1,118 to fund a hip replacement so he can walk and stay active.

Saroeun
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Fully funded
Saroeun's treatment was fully funded on July 20, 2022.

Photo of Saroeun post-operation

July 28, 2022

Saroeun underwent a hip replacement so he can walk and stay active.

Saroeun traveled for over eight hours to our medical partner for diagnosis and treatment of his hip pain. After getting a hip replacement, he already was able to take steps without as much pain the following day. He committed to doing his daily exercises in order to build up his strength and flexibility as he heals. Within a few weeks, he can resume normal activity and hopes to return to working on his farm soon. It is important for him to be able to contribute to support his family.

Saroeun said: “I am relieved the doctors were able to fix my hip pain. The difference is amazing, my hip already feels much stronger, and I hope to work again soon. I am so grateful to have such good health care available. Thank you to the people who made this available to us Cambodians who need this help.”

Saroeun traveled for over eight hours to our medical partner for diagnosis and treatment of his hip pain. After getting a hip replacement, h...

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June 3, 2022

Saroeun is a 61-year-old rice farmer. He and his wife have one married daughter and two grandchildren. His wife stays home to take care of the house, and to help care for the grandchildren. In his free time, Saroeun enjoys talking with his friends, drinking coffee, watching TV, and listening to the radio.

Seven months ago, Saroeun started to have severe pain in his left hip. He cannot walk without support, and now must use crutches to get around. He went to a local clinic for a consultation about his pain, and was told he needed a total hip replacement. Saroeun is the sole support for his family, and they do not have the money to pay for the surgery.

Fortunately, one of Saroeun’s relatives recommended that he go to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, and he is now scheduled for hip replacement surgery on June 3rd at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. Children’s Surgical Centre is seeking $1,118 to fund this procedure, which will allow Saroeun to walk again without difficulty.

Saroeun says: “I hope after surgery, I can walk without pain and can go back to work for my family again.”

Saroeun is a 61-year-old rice farmer. He and his wife have one married daughter and two grandchildren. His wife stays home to take care of t...

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Saroeun's Timeline

  • June 3, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Saroeun was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • June 3, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Saroeun received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre in Cambodia. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • June 9, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Saroeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 20, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Saroeun's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 28, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Saroeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Treatment
Hip Replacement (Cemented)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,118 for Saroeun's treatment
Hospital Fees
$171
Medical Staff
$596
Medication
$0
Supplies
$343
Labs
$3
Radiology
$5
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients typically experience severe hip pain and difficulty walking or standing. By the time Children's Surgical Centre provides treatment, patients have often lived with these symptoms for months or more. A total hip replacement (THR) treats hips that are severely damaged and therefore not amenable to other forms of treatment.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Patients may not be able to walk or walk normally. Physical activity is extremely restricted, making any movement painful. This prevents patients from carrying out daily life, going to work, attending school, or taking care of themselves and their families.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Many Cambodians use motorbikes as their main form of transportation. Because of weak traffic laws, motorbike accidents are common. Injured individuals who cannot afford treatment often self-medicate or rely on Khmer traditional healers. Their fractures never heal, and patients live with the pain. Steroids are a common painkiller in Cambodia. No prescription is required. Individuals who do intense physical labor take steroids regularly, which restricts blood flow to the joints. This causes bone tissue death and tiny bone breaks, making bones more susceptible to breaks and fractures.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

During a hip replacement, doctors replace both the acetabulum (hipbone socket) and femoral head (head of the femur) with prosthetic implants. Doctors remove the dead or broken bone. A cup is inserted into the acetabulum, and a metal hip prosthesis is inserted into the femur.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

The patient will be able to walk independently without pain, improving quality of life.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Severe disability, arthritis, and avascular necrosis of the hip can be successfully treated by a THR. This treatment is highly effective, with few risks.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Most Cambodians visit Khmer traditional healers before seeking modern medical care. As recently as ten years ago, a THR was unavailable in Cambodia. Children's Surgical Centre is one of the few centers that provides this procedure.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Younger patients can elect to undergo hip fusion surgery and postpone the THR until later in life. The duration of the prosthesis is 10-15 years.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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